Justin Tredeau’s shallow-minded inability to digest a post 9/11 world.
Justin Tredeau’s shallow-minded inability to digest a post 9/11 world.
Today is a bright and sunny day, but not a warm one, and I shivered in my shorts and t-shirt going to the (empty) mailbox.
I don’t have anything to show for BAG-day either…and then I heard about bombs going off at the Boston Marathon. What groups have a proven affinity for setting bombs? Lefties like Bill Ayers and s’plody dope Jihadis – and the drug cartels, but speculation about events like this really brings to mind Kristallnacht and the Reichstag fire, and the never-ending ratcheting-down of Gov. power.
In a mini semi-Überpost, D.W. Drang at The Cluemeter lends his insight bled from years of Army experience-past, on the situation unfolding in the Hermit Kimngdom. What struck me was *this* clue to the Left’s intentions about seizing control of the Narrative and how vital that is to their purposes – really mind-control in so many ways:
Thing is…1996 Gangneung submarine infiltration incident.
The guy they captured? Caught on a farm, he broke in to steal food, wasn’t worried about being seen, since he was out in the boonies, never ever occurred to him by his own admission that a mere farmer would have a telephone.… Commie infiltrators are routinely tripped up by their very obvious dialect and accent; in fact, defectors to the south have a hard time doing more than getting by, because they are so poorly prepared to live in a high-tech, industrial more-or-less democratic society.
From an isolation born of totalitarian power, the simplest things are completely outside the realm of comprehension:
The trouble with that theory is that the north Korean people have been so isolated for so long; Kim Il Sung (and Kim Jong Il and Kim Jang Un) is their religion and their reason for being. As former Washington Post and NPR Tokyo correspondant T.R. Reid described in The Man Who Would Be God; North Korea’s Kim Il Sung – The Washington Post | HighBeam Research, on a tour intended to bring in hard western cash in 1992, he interviewed a few north Koreans.
“We learned in history that only by The Great Leader’s Armed Struggle did we defeat the Japanese,” says Chun Chang Yon, a 16-year-old junior at Pyongyang No. 1 Junior-Senior High. “America had no effect on the result.”
Chun says he did learn in history class about the atomic bomb at Hiroshima, but he sees no connection between that and Japan’s defeat in World War II. “We learned that America dropped the atomic bomb, killing so many thousands, because the Americans wanted to show their strength and might to the rest of the world.”This creative approach to history extends to more recent events as well. “Yes, we learned in science class that men had landed on the moon,” said Li Chun Ran, a friendly 17-year-old senior at the same school. “The Russian people sent a man to the moon.”
Their utterly failed “Narrative” still holds them firmly in its grasp:
But it appears that the people of North Korea genuinely do revere their Great Leader.You see it in the awe-filled faces of the pilgrims lined up at Mangyongdae, a Mount Vernon-like expanse of grassy parkland surrounding an Abe Lincoln-style thatched hut purported to be Kim’s birthplace. You see it in the painstaking care of a train porter as she polishes her Kim Il Sung lapel badge at the end of a long day. You hear it in the proud, reverent voice of the teacher chosen to read the daily scripture passage from The Great Leader’s memoirs to the students in a public school.
It is almost as if the people of North Korea would rather believe the myth than face the reality of their brutally difficult daily life.
That must be why the markets have bright color paintings of lush fresh fruits and vegetables on the walls while the actual shelves offer only slim pickings of wormy potatoes and half-rotted onions. That must be why posters depicting happy children greeting the Great Leader in a bosky green park have been erected in the middle of playgrounds that are actually cracked asphalt pavement.
“We are finding that our biggest problem is not the top of the government but the people,” says Aage Holm, an American with the United Nations Development Program who has been working here on a U.N. effort to build economic ties between North Korea and the non-socialist world.
“They are so wrapped up in this business about The Great Leader and their own self-reliance that they don’t want anything to change.
“We say, ‘You have to change. You have to plan for the future.’ And they say, ‘We like things the way they are, the way the Great Leader does it.’ “
And, yes, The Great Leader is Kim Il Sung, dead lo! nearly 20 years. His son, Kim Jong Il, the Dear Leader is also an ex-tyrant. And Li’l Kim can’t seem to get no respect.
I have a dismal vision and see the totalitarian Leftist Narrative-Control in action, resulting in near mind-control — and what California will be like after 70-years of spendthrift One-Party rule and immigration Amnesty. With Amnesty the millionaire Leftists like Pelosi, Boxer, Feinstein, and even Panetta capture an immigrant hoard who will till the soil of those Lefty plantations and staff their elite restaurants with cheap labor, while the children of the Apparatchiks go to Standford and Cal – just like today, only with a high-speed trainwreck running through it and an economy eating grass…
UPDATE: Updated Pic: Besides this, there’s Kirkland-branded tequila and rum which is pretty good too…and the Vodka made in France where they make Grey Goose.
I’m not a big scotch drinker – I used-to be, but I do like a place that makes it well and affordable, and for you bourbon guys there’s stacks of Maker’s Mark…
Have we? As has been pointed out, for the past TWENTY years a few of the insane States, captured by Dem. Stupidslatures, have been going backwards on gun-rights while most of the rest have been moving FORWARD towards increased Civil Rights, not fewer/decreasing, and with Connecticut’s recent and proudly draconian regulations, there’s really no reason for Colt (Hartford, CT) and Sturm & Ruger (Southport, CT) to stay around either.
As many have also pointed out with those ratchet-down States that have been captured by Gerrymander or Stupidslature or Crony-Socialism with the Wealth of Government funding, “We aren’t gonna vote ourselves out of this mess,” because the Politicians securely in place don’t bother to respond any more except to the interest-groups that got them there. One in place their role is pure Kabuki and payoffs.
Colorado is a recent capture by a gang-of-four, wealthy, agenda-driven, millionaire Socialists. They used their money and influence and personal wealth to build a political machine that out-maneuvered Colorado’s own Democrats and took control of state politics with “a low-profile strategy deliberately designed to turn “red states blue.” It’s a seven-spoked Alinsky-Wheel designed to roll-over any opposition like a tank:
The seven capacities are: generate intellectual ammunition for the fight, pursue investigations into alleged wrongdoings by the enemy, mobilize citizens to get active on specific issues, expose “media bias” that opposes their agenda, litigate when necessary, train up new young progressives as soldiers in the battle, and support progressives in the media who are favorable to their agenda.
Which gets to: The Media. The Media advances a homogeneous narrative on its own accord and to flatter itself – and there is an utter lack of diversity in Media Thought Circles by people who have seldom held a real job, or been responsible for a payroll, or sold an actual product that held value. Instead they sell a flimsy tissue of ideas and words and attitudes that mirror their beliefs and like a fun-house mirror, magnify certain aspects while diminishing others. The Media has to create value and relevance for itself on a day-by-day basis, as if its light ceased to exist when the Giant Refrigerator Door closed.
The Media has clearly been captured (at some level and values for “capture”), or more pointedly their General membership has long been pro-Treason and thrown themselves to the One-Party State side. On a boat that lack of balance would risk sinking it. However even with the Media effectively just a wing of the Democrat Machine, the Democrat Machine is subject to internal tensions from State to State and can crack-up. It is unstable, just as Media Personalities are demonstrably unstable and egotistical, fighting among each other and on their own stage, and THEY can BOTH be replaced – it only takes MONEY.
And it is possible that if each and every disgruntled gun-owner, the MILLIONS in California, Connecticut, Maryland, Colorado, New York, and New Jersey who are losing a fundamental Right, who tweeted this-and-that and who wrote angry letters to their Politicians, ALSO wrote to Teh Media – in a pincer attack on two-fronts – we could FREEZE the Media AND the Pols, Beritbart-Style/Alinsky-style – we could initiate MORE pushback.
People have called for greater transparency from this Administration which at first pledged to do so but immediately reversed course once in power. We should make the same call and demand to the Media. Because they are NOT lords of every State, and they are subject to local tensions and issues, and they can crack-up if the correct pressure is applied. They really don’t want to have to hold a job where they have to do real dirty-hands work, not without TV cameras to inflate them nor the assistance of Hair & Makeup to beautify them, and writers to prepare their Narrative scripts, all of whom seek the easiest and lowliest path to success. Their idea of dirty-hands is the one holding the knife in the back of a colleague who they seek to replace, and every one of them is reaching for that handle. If the knife-handle were turned around maybe they would get a few cuts, and then the tensions would emerge…
This kinda takes the cake, and eats it too – and then demands more cake and more ice cream too. MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry lamenting how we don’t think of kids as Public property. “Public & Property” – the only kind of Property that Socialists believe-in. I don’t believe that when Progressives use that term it improves what they intend it to; Public housing, or Public Employees Union, or the dismal state of Public Schools, or Public toilet. It seldom makes things better especially when all your greed is directed at more Public Money…